Swann enjoys bowling in tandem with Monty Panesar

Graeme Swann savored the chance of bowling in tandem with Monty Panesar as England turned to spin in pursuit of a series-leveling win over Australia in the 2nd Ashes Test on Thursday.

England decided to go with 2 spin bowlers on a dry Adelaide drop-in pitch as they try to fight back from their 381-run trouncing by the Australians in the first Test. Panesar is left field, says Swann.

It is the first time Swann and Panesar have bowled jointly since the 4rth Test against India in Nagpur a last year, and they each claimed a wicket as Australia went to stumps on the 1st day on 273 for 5. I love it when two spinners play, Swann told reporters. 

Graeme Swann said the England team enjoyed having the original Mondi Panesar in the team and took little notice of his recent off-field problems. Panesar has admitted that he thought he had destroyed his international career after being fined for urinating on a nightclub doorman in Brighton. The incident occurred in August after Panesar was asked to leave a nightclub in the town.

The 31-year-old was fined by police and released by county side Sussex, but was however named in the England squad for the return Ashes series in Australia. He’s always been left-field and a bit different to everybody else and it's one of the reasons why we love him so much, Swann said. 

He's one of the boys and we embrace him as ever and we love seeing him do well.

While Swann took a superb catch late in the day to dismiss George Bailey for 53, England still put down three catches and could have been in an even better time at the end of the first day. I think 5 wickets in a day is a pretty good return. He said.

We missed a couple of half-chances that we'll rue but if we turn up in the morning and take a couple of fast wickets it could all quickly be forgotten. There’s always a sense of frustration when catches exit down but we've taken some great catches on this trip so ... we're certainly not pointing fingers.

If we need to get on top in this game we need to keep Australia to below 350. A couple of early wickets tomorrow will put us in a great position.

India won ther Series Against WI by five Wickets

Dhawan 5th ODI century, possibly his 1st without the assistance of a ‘life’, was the feature of India series-clinching win over the West Indies in the third and final fixture at Kanpur, on Wednesday. Dhawan’s rollicking 119 (95b) helped the hosts chase down the 264 they were set to win on a pitch that aided seam bowling early in the day, but speedily settled down into a decent batting track as the sun came out.

The West Indies to 263, in an innings of marked imbalance. Once Johnson Charles was bowled by vicious Bhuvneshwar Kumar in swinger, the visitors rebuild through a big, if somewhat chance, 117-run partnership in 24.3 overs between opener Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels. India trio of young seamers gained perceptible movement and several edges in hazy conditions, but were unable to get through again.

Ashwin removed them both. Powell perished to a top-edge on the sweep, while Samuels bowled on the third ball of the batting Power play. A phase of quiet came to be, as the West Indies lost Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo, but good things were just around the corner.

K Powell (70), M Samuels (71),Darren Bravo (51*) and Sammy (37) clubbed two sixes apiece in a breakneck 6th-wicket stand of 67 in just 8.1 overs, the last 3 yielding 41 runs. The late flourish took the Carribbeans to a total that may have been competitive for a side other than India playing at home.

The chase was dealt a double blow when Ravi Rampaul dismissed Rohit Sharma (4) and Virat Kohli (19) early. But Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj (55) added 129 for the 3rd wicket in what turned out to be the decisive phase. Just like the Windies, India too lost their first in the 5th over of the innings.
Narine bowled 33 deliveries for just 18 runs to Yuvraj, who clearly struggled to read him. Just when it looked that the Chandigarh left-hander would eventually give in to relentless pressure, Sammy relieved it through a string of short balls that were duly dispatch to where they deserved to be dispatched to. Yuvraj Singh lived on to reach a laborious 5ty in 68 balls, and was lastly out to the man who deserved his scalp the most.
Victory arrived on the back of yet another good performance by Suresh Raina (34) and Dhawan eventual fall Neither, however, had too much of a bearing on the outcome. Finally India won the series 2-1.

Zaheer back, Gambhir ignored again for South Africa tour

Zaheer Khan has made an expected comeback to India team Test squad for the tour of South Africa, but Gambhir has failed to force his way back despite scoring a century for Delhi in his team's Ranji Trophy win against Haryana.

Zaheer Khan last appeared for India in a Test match against England at Kolkata in December 2012. The 35-year old Zaheer Khan has taken 13 wickets in the Ranji Trophy so far for Mumbai. Fascinatingly, Zaheer Khan, who has played 88 Tests for India, wasn't handed a central contact by the BCCI. Despite scoring 372 runs from 6 innings for Delhi, 32-year old Gambhir has been ignored by the selectors. Dhawan phenomenal run with the bat has ensured that one half of the opening slot remains untouched.
On the bowling front, Ishant manages to retain his place on the roster, following a 9-wicket haul against Haryana at the Ferozeshah Kotla. What he does with the long rope handed to him, is a question that only he can answer. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also be donning both the whites and the blues. With conditions ideal for pace bowling, the bowling grouping will be a no-brainer. But with R.Ashwin, Ojha and R.Jadeja also in the squad, Dhoni has a good problem on his hands.

The All-India Senior collection Committee that met in Vadodara also picked Ambati Rayudu, who makes his first appearance in India Test squad. Wriddhiman Saha has been picked as the 2nd wicket-keeper. 

This is India 1st Test series without the recently retired Sachin Tendulkar. The Test series between 1st-ranked South Africa and number 2nd India, which was at first scheduled for 4 matches, was curtailed to two to accommodate a farewell home series for him.

India tour starts with a 3-match one-day series, the first of which will be played on December 5. The 2-match Test series starts on December 18th at Johannesburg.

Well Starting Stuart Broad Ashes Tests Series

England's Stuart Broad hit back at booing fans with a devastating 5-wicket haul Thursday but Australian Brad Haddin’s fighting knock kept Australian hopes alive in a forceful start to the Ashes Tests.

Haddin and Mitchell Johnson came to the rescue after Broad, loud boos ringing in his ears at Brisbane Gabba ground, ripped through Australians top order on opening day one. The pair combined in a counter-punching 114-run stand for the 7th wicket before the outstanding Broad bowled Johnson (64) with the second new ball for his 5th wicket of the innings. Just before stumps, Australia lost another wicket when Peter Siddle was caught in the slips for 7 off James Anderson 14 balls. 

At the close, Australia were 273 for 8 and well short of what captain Michael Clarke would have expected after winning the toss, with Haddin unbeaten on 78 and Ryan Harris not out 4 runs. It was Haddin's 13th Test 50 as runs came easily in the last session. Johnson racked up his 8th Test 50 with a booming boundary before Broad had the last word.

If not for Haddin and Johnson's fight back, Australia would have been in a parlous state after Broad had struck twice in the morning session and twice more after lunch to have the home side teetering at 132 for 6. Broad, who was vilified in the build-up for not walking at a key moment during the recent Ashes Tests in England, reveled in his bad-boy role.

The boos rang out when Broad, branded a smug Pommy cheat by a local newspaper, stepped up to bowl but he fast snared opener Chris Rogers for one in his second over. Broad also accounted for Shane Watson (22) just before lunch, and he then took the prized scalp of Australian captain Michel Clarke in the second over after the first break.

Clarke looked uncomfortable against a short-pitched delivery and popped a gentle catch to Ian Bell at short leg for one, in what was a fast and tame end for Australia premier batsman. Opener David Warner had smashed Broad's first ball of the day for 4 but his determined innings ended with a whimper as he became the tall quick fourth victim just short of his half-century.

Warner looked disgusted at himself as he drove lazily at a short ball from Broad and spooned a catch in the covers to Kevin Pietersen, celebrating his 100th match, for 49 off 82 balls. The innings continued to unravel for Australia and debutant George Bailey edged Anderson to Alastair Cook for three, leaving the home side 100 for 5 in the 36th over.

Bailey only lasted 15 balls and he could have been out earlier if a snick off Anderson had carried to Cook at first slip. Steve Smith looked successful with his unconventional shot-making, but perished when he played away from his body and sparred Chris Tremlett to Cook at slip for 31.

It was not the start Australia needed as they bid to avoid losing four successive Ashes series for the 1st time since 1890, and defend an unbeaten record at the Gabba stretching back 25 years.

Broad had a fascinating duel with the pugnacious Warner, who hooked his 1st ball to the boundary and then dabbed an audacious upper-cut high over the slips for four. But Broad then prised the key wicket of Shane Watson, who needlessly played outside his off-stump and was snapped up by Swann in the slips.

India vs WI ODI Series India Squad

India vs WI ODI Series India Squad
MS Dhoni (capt) Shikhar Dhawan Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina
Ravindra Jadeja R Ashwin Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Mohammed Shami Ambati Rayudu Amit Mishra
Jaydev Unadkat Dhawal Kulkarni Mohit Sharma

Roach and Pollard out Against India tour

West Indian pace bowler Kemar Roach has returned home to the Caribbean with a shoulder injury. Shannon Gabriel has been announced as his substitute for the 2nd Test against the West Indies at Mumbai which begins on November 14.

The 25-year old had missed the 1st Test in Kolkata because of the injury, and will miss the ODI series as well. Darren Sammy boys are trailing 0-1 in the 2-match Test series, after losing the first match at the Eden Gardens by an innings and 51 runs.

CJ Clark, the West Indian team physiotherapist said, Kemar Roach has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the 1st Test. He is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation, according to an ESPN Cricinfo report.

In another setback, all-rounder Kieron Pollard too was ruled out of the limited overs leg with an injury. Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kieran Powell, Veerasammy Permaul and Narsingh Deonarine have been included in the squad. The 3-match ODI series starts on November 21st at Kochi.

India vs Aus 2nd Odi India Record Big win by 9 wickets

India provided ample proof of their frightening strength at home as they pulled off their highest ever one day international chase to restored parity in the seven-match series against Australia. It was a game that saw record after batting record tumble and fall. The winning pursuit of 360 was the 2nd-highest ever in one day international s and was brought about chiefly by the fastest one day international hundred by an Indian.
India won by 9 wickets, with an unimaginable 39 balls to spare, and this also made it the 1st time they successfully chased a total in excess of 300 against Australia. As was to be expected, it took a rank sub-continental batting pitch to edit a long history of failed pursuits. Dhawan provided the early impetus as the openers put on 176 in just over 26 overs. And Kohli ushered in win with an equal measure of confidence and brutality, striking 7 sixes and 8 fours on the way.
Dhawan, when he had scored 42, was adjudicate ‘not out’ by the TV umpire on a close stumping call off Xavier Doherty, and he celebrated by slaughtering Mitchell Johnson and Faulkner through the leg-side. The southpaw surged ahead after reaching his half-century, but fell 5 short of a ton when he nicked Faulkner to the wicketkeeper Haddin. 

Kohli then took the game away from Australia. He smacked sixes off Clint McKay and Doherty, bringing up his 50 in 27 balls, and partnered Rohit for 186 runs in 17.2 overs – an association that took the wind out of the Aussie sails. That he was eclipsed by his more hostile partners doesn’t imply that Rohit was a slouch in the middle and the Mumbai batsman's third ODI ton was reached at almost a fair rate.
Big target
The spree of reworked The  Records had begun in the first innings when Bailey chose to bat. For the first time ever, the top 5 batsmen in an ODI innings scored half-centuries as Australia posted a massive 359/5. Aaron Finch (50) and Phil Hughes (83) provided the foundation, Shane Watson (56) tended to the middle, and skipper Bailey (92*, 50b) and Glenn Maxwell (53, 32b) looted 96 in just 51 deliveries to cap off a fantastic outing.
India’s bowling let them down yet again as they conceded 132 in the last 10 overs. The spinners Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh leaked 157 in 22 overs combined and were intent on bowling half-trackers. The medium-pacers found only full-tosses in their search for yorkers. A grand total of 12 sixes and 34 boundaries studded the Australian innings. India paid them back with 11 and 39 respectively.

G Bailey (C) -92(50)
P Hughes -83(103)
S Watson -59(53)
G Maxwell -53(32)
A Finch -50(53)

R Sharma -141(123)
V Kohli -100(52)
S Dhawan -95(86)

Player of the match
Rohit Sharma

Yuvraj back to India ODI squad against Australia

No Name No Name No Name
1 Dhoni (captain) 6 Suresh Raina 11 R.Vinay Kumar
2 Shikhar Dhawan 7 Ravindra Jadeja 12 Ishant Sharma
3 Rohit Sharma 8 Shami Ahmed 13 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
4 Virat Kohli 9 Ambati Rayudu 14 Ravichandran Ashwin
5 Yuvraj Singh 10 Amit Mishra 15 Jaydev Unadkat

Sehwag quiet return to old hunting ground

It must be a strange feeling for the man who blazed his way to A world record ODI score here less than 2 years ago to return to the venue with the fight for survival highest in his mind. Sehwag had smashed 219 in December 2011 against West Indies, and walked away with a swagger, and his status as the enforcer enhanced.

Some stars, but not shining
Wednesday evening, Virender Sehwag strolled into the stadium with the Delhi squad for the Challenger Trophy under the shadow of his one-time protege, Kohli, with his eye purely on regaining his place in the India squad.

Good impact
Virat was actually warming the bench during that double ton. After watching that Viru show, he describes it with a smile as "highlights”. It is a huge moment. I have always seen him play, accepted him. He is a big player. I have played under him. It is an honor and privilege to lead him, said Kohli, who has led India, but never Sehwag even for Delhi. The 2 discussed matters for a while at the Holkar stadium during practice, although Virender Sehwag kept largely to himself, not mixing much with other players. Virender Sehwag said, "His help is priceless".

No practice

Virender Sehwag who had been absent from Delhi's preparatory camp, even missing the one-off practice match against Services, flew in on Tuesday evening along with the team. Barring irregular hits at the nets, Virender Sehwag has not played a lot of cricket of late. That rustiness is likely to be tested. Rains have ensured some dampness on the pitch which promises seam movement. 

Virat Kohli is hoping that he gets to see another Sehwag magic show. Almost everybody agreed that 270-280 will be a challenging total on this track, unless Virender Sehwag plays one of his knocks when still 300 will tough to defend.

It has been learn that Virender Sehwag had shown interest in captaining Delhi but the state selectors, especially the panel chairman, Chetan Chauhan, went with Virat. "The decision to appoint Virat makes sense. He is captaining India, otherwise it would have been a step back," said Madan Lal.

Aus Won the ODI Series 2-1 against England

Shane Watson century saw Australia win to a 49-run ended England in the 5th one-day international with a 2-1 ODI series victory.

Watson, involved throughout in a trip that saw Australia arrive in Britain in May before their early Champions Trophy exit was followed by a 3-0 Ashes series loss, made 143 in a total of 298 all out.
Jointly with Australia captain Michael Clarke (75), he shared a 4rth-wicket partnership of 163, on a ground where they'd both played for Hampshire, after their side had slumped to 48 for 3 in this day/night clash. Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes led England's attack with an ODI best 5 wickets for 61 runs, the 22-year-old all-rounder starring as Australia fell just short of 300.
England's reply got off to a terrible start when Kevin Pietersen was run out for nought after being slow to answer Michael Carberry call.Carberry, on his home ground, made 30 before he was lbw to left-arm seamer James Faulkner 3/38.

And it wasn't long before 50 for 2 became 68 for four as Joe Root (13) and Luke Wright came and went. Morgan fell for 30 when stumped by Matthew Wade off spinner Adam Voges. England’s hopes now rested with Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler, whose 65 not out saw them to a series-leveling 3-wicket win in Cardiff on Saturday.
Buttler scored at better than a run-a-ball but Faulkner, smartly changing to around the wicket, bowled him for 42 to end a stand of 92 with Bopara. And when Bopara, who made 66, followed when well caught at extra-cover by Voges off Johnson to give the left-arm fast bowler his 200th ODI wicket, England were down and out at 197 for 7.

Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed completed the match by bowling last man Rankin with 2 overs left. Australia, on a ground where New Zealand's Martin Guptill struck 189 not out against England in an ODI in June, saw 48 for one become 48 for 3 when Stokes took 2wickets in 2 balls after a 30-minute rain break.
Finch was caught by Morgan at point and next ball Matthew Wade gloved an intended hook to wicketkeeper Buttler.Clarke, passed fit after fears he'd suffer a recurrence of his long-standing back injury, survived the hat-trick.

He followed his hundred in Australia's 88-run victory in the 2nd ODI in Manchester with another fine innings before slicing a pull off Jordan to Pietersen at mid-off to end a 76-ball knock including 10 fours and a six.
Shane Watson dominant 107-ball innings, featuring 12 fours and 6 sixes, completed when he was caught behind off Stokes.

Akhtar lashes out at the BCCI over non-issue of visas

Former Pakistan player Shoaib Akhtar has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board should focus on building a strong national team instead of pandering to the whims of the power-hungry BCCI.

Akhtar was a knee-jerk reaction to the Indian Government rejection of visa applications of Faisalabad Wolves players, who were supposed to play in The Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

I am not surprised that the Indians have not issued visas to the Faisalabad Wolves team for the Champions League. The fact is that until and unless we have normal and friendly relations at the government to government level why do we expect the Indian cricket board to be supportive.

I have always said that we don't need to run after India all the time and we need to stop begging on different issues whether it is resumption of two-sided cricket ties, allowing our players for The IPL or our team for the Champions League, he added.

We should have never expected them to issue visas for the Faisalabad team. When they first invited us we should have taken a bold stance and said 'thank you'. When will we as a nation or board show some self respect and pride in our stance towards India, Akhtar told a TV channel.

The enfant terrible of world cricket said that all that Pakistan players had to lose from the latest turn of events was a "500 thousand dollars.

It is time we stopped going after India all the time. We need to start setting our house in order and increase our own domestic cricket and communications. We need to think on building up our cricket structure and building up a world class side. When we have a world class side each person will not only want to play against us but on our terms as well, he said.


The tour schedule also sees 50-over world champions India, who beat England by 5 runs in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston in June, involved in 5 test and 5 one-day internationals and a one-T20 international Match.







1 Aug-25-2014 1 st ODI England vs India Bristol
2 Aug-27-2014 2 nd ODI England vs India Cardiff
3 Aug-30-2014 3 rd ODI England vs India Trent Bridge
4 Sep-04-2014 4 th ODI England vs India Edgbaston
5 Sep-05-2014 5 th ODI England vs India Headingley

Krishmar Santokie WI recall after CPL show

West Indies Left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie says he hopes his performances for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the just-concluded Caribbean Premier T20 League (CPL) will help him regain his place in the West Indies senior team.

Santokie was named Player of the match after taking 16 wickets to end as the leading scalper in the initial event. However his franchise suffered a 7 wicket loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs in the finals at Queen Park Oval, in Trinidad Saturday.

It's a very brilliant and prestigious moment for me to be named Player of the Tournament, CMC quoted Santokie as saying Wednesday. I have been trying to get the award ever since the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament started a few years back, and, in my eyes, it has been very close.

Santokie also claimed the leading wicket taker title in 2012 and finished 3d in this year staging of the now-defunct CPL t20.He has represented the West Indies in Twenty20 internationals, the last of which was 2 years ago.

It has happened, however, in this historic CPL, which is great for me and my career, and I hope it opens up new doors for me with regards to the West Indies, and international, said Santokie who past this year represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League BPL.

The Jamaican pacer done the tournament with an impressive economy rate of 6.22, a wicket strike rate of 13.1, and an average of 13.6.I is a bit disenchanted that my team did not bring it across the line, said Santokie, who done the game with none for 31 off his maximum 4 overs.

Tallawahs made 129 for 3 off 17.3 overs in reply to Amazon Warriors 128 for 5 off their maximum 20 overs.

Australia in England Five ODI Series Schedule

England vs Australia Five ODI match Series
No Date Team Place
1 25 Nov 2013 Eng vs Aus Brisbane
2 09 Dec 2013 Eng vs Aus Adelaide
3 17 Dec 2013 Eng vs Aus Perth
4 30 Dec 2013 Eng vs Aus Melbourne
5 07 Jan 2014 Eng vs Aus Sydney

Zaheer fitness ready for South Africa tour

Zaheer Khan is one of the best fast bowlers that India has produced. But at 34, he is not getting any younger and injuries have reduced his appearance on the international tour.

But Zaheer khan is not content to rest on past laurels and being just a mentor to young bowlers. He underwent a 42-day training camp in France, and the move has not only made him leaner and stronger, but also better his chances of making a comeback for India tour to South Africa later this year. 

When Zaheer khan hobbled off the field at Lord in July 2011, holding his restrict, it gave critics another chance to question his fitness. 

Zaheer also missed most of the 6th Indian Premier League as he was out of shape. Curtailing his run-up did not help matters either. 

Speak to Mail Today; a senior BCCI official confirmed that he was in the plan of things as far as the Test series in South Africa is concerned. 

While there has not really been any formal discussion among the selectors about the team for South Africa, Zaheer is very definitely in the fray. It is good to see that he has used the time away from the game to work on his fitness.

Shikhar Dhawan world record in limited overs crickets

Indian Team Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said he could have hit a triple ton but was happy with his whirlwind 248 in the 39-run win over South Africa A that took India A to the tri-series final against Australia A. 

Dhawan fell 20 runs short of the world record List A (limited overs) score - England batsman Alistair Brown's 268 for Surrey vs Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002. But Dhawan 150-ball 248 was the highest run by an Indian following Virender Sehwag (219 n.o) and Sachin Tendulkar (200 n.o).

I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs, Dhawan said.

When I got out in the 44th over it occurred to me that had I batted till the end I had a chance to score a triple hundred. I am happy with what I scored though. It did cross my mind that I joined Sachin and Sehwag in scoring a double century in a one-day International game," he said.

Dhawan enjoyed his innings against South Africa in their own backyard in a series that is a warm-up for India tour later this year I especially enjoyed it as it came against a South African side in their own backyard. They are very tough to play at home and they play good excellence cricket," Dhawan said.

The southpaw admitted that Sachin and Sehwag's double centuries were more important in the context. Those were 2 of the greatest innings in cricket record and they came at the international level. So, they are much bigger than my innings, Dhawan said.

This year, Dhawan has been in well form scoring 4 international centuries – one in Tests and 3 in ODIs. He was also the Man of the Series in the Champions Trophy that was won by India. I had scored 85 in the previous match (vs Australia A) and I wanted to score a big hundred for the team because our batsmen were all getting out in the 80s and 90s, he said.

A big century was necessary for setting an excellent total. Once I crossed 100, I was in a different flow. I thought my shot selection was brilliant and things went my way," he added.

This will remain one of my favorite’s matches because I scored 200 for the 1st time in a 50-over game. Unhappily it was not broadcast live on television but that's well because I loved batting, said Dhawan.

Srinivasan return to BCCI chief?

A probe controlled by India cricket chiefs into a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League has found no wrongdoing, allowing the return of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, a source told AFP on Monday.

Srinivasan stepped aside for the moment as president of the BCCI on June 2 after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested, and later released on bail, over alleged links to illegal bookmakers.

Meiyappan is a team owner of IPL contract Chennai Super Kings, a team bought by Srinivasan India Cements conglomerate when the league was launched in 2008.

The BCCI appointed two retired High Court judges, Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian, to conduct an internal probe into the participation of its members or of IPL owners.

Police have also questioned Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals franchise which 3players had arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

The probe report, which was submitted to BCCI acting Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday, cleared Srinivasan India Cements, Rajasthan Royals, Meiyappa n and Kendraz of spot-fixing allegation, the source said.

There is nothing in the report to connect these people, a source told AFP on condition of secrecy.
I do not think we can, or have the right, to stop Srinivasan from coming back as president now, the highly-placed source said.

Sanga blitzkrieg seals 180-run succeed over South Africa

Kumar Sangakkara smashed his maximum One-Day International score of 169, scored off 137 balls, as Sri Lanka whipped South Africa by 180 runs in the first ODI in Colombo on Saturday (July 21).

Sri Lanka Vs South Africa
Sangakkara 16th ODI century steered Sri Lanka to 320 for 5 after it was propel in to bat. South Africa was afterward shot out for 140, the innings durable just 31.5 overs, to leave Sri Lanka with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Sangakkara fragmented in with two catches and a stumping, making him the Man of the Match award, as Rangana Herath and Thisara Perera pulled out three wickets each.

Sangakkara distinguished his 350th one-day match by exceeding his before best of 138 not out, against India in 2005, after Tillakaratne Dilshan fell economically in the fourth over. Sangakkara put on 70 for the second wicket with Upul Tharanga (43), 74 for the third with Mahela Jayawardena (42) and 123 for the fourth in which Lahiru Thirimanne’s giving was just 17. He lastly holed out in the yawning in the penultimate over of the innings, after 18 boundaries and six sixes.

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Sri Lanka Squad Announced Against SA Series

Sri Lanka ODI Squad Against South Africa Series

Sri Lanka ODI Squad Against South Africa Series
No Name No Name No Name
1 Dinesh Chandimal 6 Mahela Jayawardene 11 Ajantha Mendis
2 Lahiru Thirimanne 7 Angelo Perera 12 Lasith Malinga
3 Tillakaratne Dilshan 8 Jehan Mubarak 13 Shaminda Eranga
4 Upul Tharanga 9 Rangana Herath 14 Thisara Perera
5 Kumar Sangakkara 10 Sachithra Senanayake 15 Suranga Lakmal

Cricket News: Fresh start for Ryder

Jessie Ryder
Former Black Caps batsman Jesse Ryder will switch from Wellington to Otago for the future domestic cricket time.

Cricket commentator Bryan Waddle says the shift is surprising but comprehensible as he tries to restore his life and cricketing future with hot deals.

Ryder was smashed at a Christchurch bar in March, with the contentious all-rounder forced to forego his Indian Premier League super deal and any national ambitions.

In an endeavour to re-energise his career; he's sure he desires a fresh start. Otago Cricket will verify the move later today.

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West Indies and Pakistan Series Schedule-2013

Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal have been recalled to Pakistan ODI squads and Pakistan T20 squads for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies later this month. 2 famous players who have been dropped from the Champions Trophy squad are wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan vs West Indies ODI Series Schedule
Date Match Team Place
Jul-14- 2013 1st ODI Pakistan vs West Indies Providence
Jul-16- 2013 2nd ODI Pakistan vs West Indies Providence
Jul-19- 2013 3rd ODI Pakistan vs West Indies Gros Islet
Jul-21- 2013 4th ODI Pakistan vs West Indies Gros Islet
Jul-24- 2013 5th ODI Pakistan vs West Indies Gros Islet

Owzat! Creating the Ashes cricket ball

As the first Ashes Analyze gets ongoing, the BBC Oriental System went to check out the manufacturer where all the cricket paintballs being used in the sequence are created.

The Dukes manufacturer in eastern London, UK is possessed by Dilip Jajodia, a Native Indian immigrant who first came to the UK with just £5 in his wallet.

He described the complex procedure of developing a new cricket football. He gives the product for less cost.

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Srilanka, West Indies and India Tri series

Sri Lanka's batsmen led by Kumar Sangakkara, fought rainfall disruptions that expanded their innings of 41 overs over two times. Their bowlers seemed to have the coordinate under management when they ran in to a red-hot Lendl Simmons and Darren Well done. That was when rainfall made the decision to even factors out. A drop began, Western Indies panicked, went for the D/L par ranking and missing Simmons. The drop ceased, the atmosphere vanished and all lifestyle cleared out of the Western Indies pursuit as Sri Lanka bogged down the experience down.

The pursuit had seemed to have already missing vapor at 31 for 4 when Western Indies' batsmen taken on from where their bowlers had remaining, displaying the same deficiency of self-discipline. Simmons, enjoying his first ODI since Dec, then took 16 supply to get off the indicate, having difficulties against the off spin of Sachithra Senanayake. Even as the asking-rate galloped, though, the strength instantly moved. Out of nowhere, Simmons started to smoke sixes and four legs on the up. With super deal beginning to strike as well, Western Indies were reviewing at ten an over now.

They were still a little bit behind on the par ranking, though, and the drop and the black air created Simmons go after every football. You could not fault Simmons for concerning about rainfall in an ODI that had expanded to two times because of it. With three paintballs remaining in the 32nd over and Western Indies 14 operates behind, Simmons hit subsequent four legs before an make an effort to obvious the area led to strong point's arms. Click here to get free games news. Now watch free game in –online.

India vs South Africa ODI Series-2013 schedule

India vs South Africa Series schedule Announced BCCI Three one day International matches and Two Ttwenty Matches and two Test Matches.
India vs South Africa ODI Series Schedule -2013
No Date Team Match Place
1 05 Dec-2013 Ind vs SA 1st ODI Johannesburg
2 08 Dec-2013 Ind vs SA 2nd ODI Durban
3 11 Dec-2013 Ind vs SA 3rd ODI Centurion

Zim vs India Tour scheduled

No Date Team Place Result
1 Jul-24 -2013 Zimbabwe v India Harare Sports Club Played
2 Jul-26-2013 Zimbabwe v India Harare Sports Club Played
3 Jul-28-2013 Zimbabwe v India Harare Sports Club Played
4 Jul-31-2013 Zimbabwe v India Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Played
5 Aug-3-2013 Zimbabwe v India Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Played

Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi and Zaheer offered World Cup lifeline

The 2015 World Cup is almost one-and-a-half years away, but the selectors have supposedly already identified nine players who will form the core of the Indian team, which will guard the title won in 2011 on home soil. However, as the World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the selectors also want experienced players to be part of the 15-man squad.

Report said that based on current form, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma are likely to be the mainstay of the team for the 2015 World Cup unless injury forces any player out. The 9 were part of the 2013 Champions Trophy squad in England; a match that India won without losing one of their 5 matches.
The remaining six slots in the squad will be full on the basis of concentrations and fitness. This should give hope to the experienced foursome of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan, who have fallen out of favor and aren't at present part of India's team in any format.

2011 WORLD CUP Indian Player Regards

Gautam Gambhir: 393 runs with a highest score of 97 Runs at an average of 43.66.

Virender Sehwag: 380 run with a highest score of 175 Runs at an average of 47.50.

Yuvraj Singh (Man of the Series): 362 run with a highest score of 113 Runs at an average of 90.50; 15 wickets at an average of 25.13 and economy rate of 5.02.

Zaheer Khan: 21 wickets at an average of 18.76 and economy rate of 4.83.

India and Sri Lanka in West Indies Tri-Series 2013 schedule

No Date Match Details Time Venue
1 Jun-28-2013 West Indies v Sri Lanka 20:00 Jamaica
2 Jun-30-2013 West Indies v India 20.00 Jamaica
3 Jul-02-2013 India v Sri Lanka 20:00 Jamaica
4 Jul-05-2013 West Indies v India 19:00 Trinidad
5 Jul-07-2013 West Indies v Sri Lanka 19:00 Trinidad
6 Jul-09-2013 India v Sri Lanka 19:00 Trinidad
7 Jul-11-2013 TBC v TBC- Final 19:00 Trinidad

India wins the Champions Trophy-2013cub beat Eng

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the mental resilience of his side after they beat England by just five runs in a thrilling Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday.

England, still to win a global one-day international match after what was their 5th defeat in a final, were 110 for four come the 18th over chasing 130 after India made 129 for 7 in a match reduced by rain from 50 to 20 overs per side.

But Ishant Sharma, having been struck for 6 and bowled successive wides, took 2 wickets in 2 balls to remove Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) after they rescued England from the depths of 46 for four with a stand of 64.
That started a collapse that saw 4 wickets lost for 3 runs in 8 balls with tail ender James Tredwell unable to hit the six off the last delivery of the match that would have given England victory.

It's important to be positive. I said let's seem for a good start, that's something that's very critical, don't look at the result, explain Dhoni when asked what he told his team when they took the field in defence of a modest total.

The first and foremost thing was don't look up, God is not coming to save you, you have to fight it out, added the wicketkeeper-batsman , one of just 3 survivors along with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina from the India team that beat Sri Lanka in a Mumbai final to win the 2011 World Cup.
We are the number one ranked team, let play like that.

This win against the match hosts, albeit in front of a capacity Edgbaston crowd dominated by India fans, meant the World Cup holders, in what is set to be the last Champions Trophy before its replacement by a World Test Championship, win all 5 of their matches after a pair of warm-up victories.

Even the warm-up games for us are important because if we lose one then people start saying we can't play overseas, said Kohli, who top-scored for India with a rapid 43.The guys winning 7games out of 7 and showing their character like we did, everyone's really happy. England needed 20 to succeed off 16 balls with 6 wickets standing only to 'choke' in a manner more usually associated with South Africa.

Clearly from there you would back yourself to win more times than you would lose in that situation, but it shows how fast games can change in Twenty20 when you lose a couple of wickets, said dejected England captain Alastair Cook. Asked if this was his worst day on England duty, the starter replied, as a captain, yeah.It's a tough pill to swallow at the moment. We had high hopes coming in today of achieving something special.
We got close. I am proud of the way the lads have fought from being under a fair bit of pressure in this match. Cook was unusually vocal in his criticism of Australian television umpire Bruce Oxenford for giving out Ian Bell stumped by Dhoni off left-arm spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja, the man-of-the-match for his 33 not out and 2 wickets for 24 runs.

It was a close call but Oxenford ruled in India’s' favors and a disbelieving Bell, on his Warwickshire home ground, was out for 13 with England in trouble at 46 for four. I thought it was a poor decision," said Cook.
Score Details


V Kohli -43(34)
R Jadeja -33(25)

R Bopara-(3/20)


E Morgan -33(30)
R Bopara -30(25)

R Jadeja, R Ashwin, I Sharma-each-2 Wickets

Player of the match
R Jadeja 

Player of the series
S Dhawan

India In final match beat by SL 8 wickets

India passed their 1st test of genuine English conditions on cloudy Thursday evening as they seemed out Sri Lanka by 8 wickets. India enters their third Champions Trophy final match.
After restricting Lanka to 181/8 through a combination of astute swing and spin, India romped home with 15 overs to spare as Shikhar Dhawan continued his impressive run with 68 and Virat Kohli hasten the expected with a blistering unbeaten 58.
Dhawan was reprieved by captain Angelo Mathews at slip when he had scored 18 - a costly miss - and he went on to smash his 2nd half-century of the tournament, to go with the 2 (114,102)centuries he plundered in the first couple of matches.
Kohli then reeled in win in a great speed, peppering his fifty with disdainful boundaries against Sri Lanka trump card Lasith Malinga and a towering six off leggie Jeevan Mendis, the last 50 runs of the chase coming in just 5 overs.

India will face hosts England in Sunday final – arguably the 2 best sides over the last fortnight meeting for the title with an unblemished record of 4 wins in as many matches.

Sri Lanka paltry total was an outcome of an overall good bowling show in conditions fostering movement in the air. Man of the match Ishant Sharma and off-spinner R. Ashwin picked up 3wickets each, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja exercised marked control and economy.
Score Details

Sri Lanka- 181/8 (50)

A Mathews -51(81)
M Jayawardena -38(63)


S Dhawan -68(92)
V Kohli -58(64)

Player of the Match-Ishant Sharma (India)

England beat South Africa by 7 wickets SA in Final

Hosts England whipped chokers South Africa by 7wickets on Wednesday to march into their 2nd Champions Trophy final match.
It was a win set up by the home team's bowling after captain Alastair Cook selected to field, with wicket-keeper Jos Buttler snatching a record-equaling 6 catches.
Seamer James Anderson 2/14 in 8 overs and off-spinner James Treadwell 3/19 in 7 overs decimated a jittery South African line, reducing them to 80/8 in 23 overs.
Although young South African player David Miller (56*) and fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt (43) launched a brave retaliation with a record-breaking 95-run alliance, England were essentially untroubled in their chase of 176, as Jonathan Trott (82*) and Joe Root (48) played the saviours.
England will meet the winner of the 2nd semifinal between India and Sri Lanka, to be played on Thursday. Sunday final.

Score Details

South Africa- 175/10 (38.4)
D Miller -56(51)
R Kleinveldt -43(61)

J Trott -82(84)
J Root -48(71)

Best Bowling

J Tredwell-3(19) (ENG)
S Broad-3(50) (ENG)

Player of the Match-J Tredwell-England